Private sector commits to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

Posted on: December 07, 2015

European private sector organizations join forces for a first time to ensure a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain in Europe by 2020. At the EU and Global Value Chains’ high-level conference in Amsterdam, the Commitment to Support 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe was presented to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.

The Netherlands with four other European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, United Kingdom) declared governmental support by presenting the Amsterdam Palm Oil Declaration, in the run-up to the Netherlands' Presidency of the Council of the EU.

At a country level, national initiatives are already working to increase the uptake of sustainable palm oil. These parties have now agreed to work closer together to promote the use and growth of sustainable palm oil across Europe.

The Commitment to Support is an initiative of ESPO, and is signed and supported by the following organizations:

  • Belgian Alliance Sustainable Palm Oil
  • Caobisco, the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe
  • Danish Food and Drink Federation Initiative
  • Dutch Alliance Sustainable Palm Oil
  • German Forum Sustainable Palm Oil
  • FEDIOL, European Vegetable Oil and Proteinmeal Industry Federation
  • French Alliance Sustainable Palm Oil
  • Food and Drink Federation - UK Statement on Sustainable Palm Oil signatory
  • IMACE, European Margarine Association
  • Italian Union for Sustainable Palm Oil
  • Swedish Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil

Frans Claassen, managing director of MVO - The Netherlands Oils and fats Industry and EPOA chair said: ‘The results of the Dutch task force show that a common goal and collaborative approach towards sustainable palm oil are effective. While having started a national sustainable palm oil initiative in the Netherlands, currently there are already 8 EU-members which similar initiatives. It’s now time to move forward and share knowledge and experience across the whole of Europe and the major importing countries India and China, changing the whole palm oil supply chain.

Click here for the full text of the Commitment to Support.